Russell, Frank

Russell, Frank

Department:  Communications

Phone: (657) 278-1066


Office: CP 460-25  

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Degree and University: Ph.D., University of Missouri

Degree Area: Journalism and mass communication

Teaching Areas: News reporting, editing and design for social media, online and print

Research Areas: Journalism, public institutions and digital technologies; social media; Silicon Valley; media sociology; media ethics; media economics

Frank Russell, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communications. His research focuses on how journalists and news organizations use digital technologies, including Silicon Valley social media platforms, to interact with citizens. He teaches classes in news reporting, editing, design and production for digital and print media.


Previously, he was a Knight visiting editor and assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He earned a Ph.D. in journalism and a Center for the Digital Globe graduate certificate from the University of Missouri. He earned a master’s degree in mass communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San José State University.


He has worked as a manager, editor, writer and page designer for newspapers on the West Coast. From 2001 to 2011, he was an online editor and writer, chief of copy desks, deputy business copy chief, assistant business editor, and business copy editor for the San Jose Mercury News. He also was a business desk editor and freelance reporter for The Seattle Times; a copy editor and reporter for the Puget Sound Business Journal; and an assistant news editor, assistant city editor, and news desk editor for the Los Angeles Daily News.


Select Publications


Ferrucci, P., Russell, F. M., Choi, H., Duffy, M., & Thorson, E. (2017). Times are a changin’: How a merger affects construction of news processes.Journalism Studies, 18(3), 247-264


Russell, F. M. (2015). Journalists, gatekeeping, and social interaction on Twitter: Differences by beat and media type for newspapers and online news.#ISOJ Journal, 5(1), 188-207. 

Russell, F. M., Hendricks, M. A., Choi, H., & Stephens, E. C. (2015). Who sets the news agenda on Twitter?: Journalists’ posts during the 2013 U.S. government shutdown. Digital Journalism, 3(6), 925-943